Day in history for January 7, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
Thomas Plummer has purchased the line of hacks which ply between Rock Island and Moline.

1880 -- 125 years ago
P.L. Mitchell, Rock Island banker, today bought the Rock Island Glass Works for $29,000. Sale of the factory was made by James M. Buford as trustee.

1905 -- 100 years ago
Finishing touches are being put to the new annex to the Modern Woodmen of America national headquarters. The society now has $300,000 invested in buildings in Rock Island.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Two young bandits critically wounded William S. Batten of Davenport, a street car motorman. The Tri-City Railway Company is offering a reward of $250 for arrest of the holdup men.

1955 -- 50 years ago
As a memorial to William Neff, son of Dr. E.B. Neff of Moline and the late Mrs. Neff, a unique recreation shelter has been constructed and is now in use at Boy Scout Camp Mansur, near Carbon Cliff. The Moliner was killed in an air crash in India during World War II. The William Neff Memorial features a 4-way fireplace in the center of the building.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Officials at St. Anne School in East Moline have sent scores of students and teachers home in recent weeks to curb what county health officials say may be the worst of several outbreaks of head lice at area schools.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.

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